Downtown night life could get a much-needed shot in the arm if current talks succeed in launching a series of concerts, lectures and films at the usually dark California Theatre.
Middle-of-the-road pop music and rhythm and blues acts would predominate under plans put forward to use the 61-year-old theater more often. As many as 10 to 15 events a month are envisioned, said a principal in the group that is negotiating with the theater.
"We want to be involved in restoring downtown," Bob Stein said. "We hope to see the theater fit back into downtown, instead of being a casualty."
Stein, one of three partners negotiating with the theater management, formerly operated the Beverly Theater in Los Angeles' Wilshire District, where he booked acts such as Anita Baker, The Temptations, the Four Tops, Patti Labelle and Cyndi Lauper.